Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking that the Department of Justice (DOJ) keep its hands off whistleblowers.
Grassley’s letter came in the context of a memo issued by Garland on Aug. 30 to DOJ employees. The memo instructed employees that all direct communications with Congress are prohibited. In order to communicate with Congress, employees must go through the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs. In the letter (pdf), dated Sept. 1, Grassley called whistleblowers “the most patriotic people” who play an important role in making sure that improper conduct within DOJ and its components like the FBI are exposed….


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